Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2009 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2009 Nissan GT-R Near Phoenix, AZ

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2009 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2009 Nissan GT-R

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Corvette are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Nissan GT-R doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Chevrolet Corvette has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The GT-R doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Corvette has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GT-R doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Corvette and the GT-R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front and rear side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

The Corvette comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Chevrolet will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Nissan doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the GT-R.

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the GT-R. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the GT-R ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GT-R’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Corvette has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GT-R doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 19th in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette Z06’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (505 vs. 480) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 430) than the GT-R’s 3.8 turbo V6. The Corvette ZR1’s standard 6.2 supercharged LS2 V8 produces 158 more horsepower (638 vs. 480) and 174 lbs.-ft. more torque (604 vs. 430) than the GT-R’s 3.8 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Corvette is faster than the Nissan GT-R (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette 2 mode exhaust

Corvette Z06


Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

3.4 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.2 sec

7.8 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

11.8 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

125 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Corvette Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GT-R (15 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/21 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette ZR1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GT-R:

Corvette ZR1


Front Rotors

15.5 inches

15 inches

The Corvette ZR1 has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The GT-R doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Corvette stops much shorter than the GT-R:



80 to 0 MPH

189 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

142 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT-R (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20).

The Corvette ZR1’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the GT-R’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Nissan GT-R.

The Corvette is 8.7 inches shorter than the GT-R, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Z06 is quieter than the GT-R (76 vs. 78 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the GT-R (22.4 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The GT-R doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT-R doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GT-R doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GT-R’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Corvette has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT-R has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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